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Avoid Mistakes Building Your Website

  • “Build it and they will come” is totally erroneous in the website world. If your congregation is building a website, you will need to develop a communications strategy that includes marketing the website.
  • Technology is not the most important facet of developing a website. Prioritize...
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Learning Website Basics

For website strategy, start with the article Designing Your Congregation’s Website. Learn good practices from other congregations by reading What Makes A Good Church Website.

A go-to online resource for the Center for Congregations IT Director is Lauren Hunter’s website Church Tech...

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Websites: Ask Yourself

  • What is your budget? 
  • What are your goals for the website? To share information, gather new information, reach new people, advertise, etc.
  • Who will maintain the site? Can they devote enough time to this work?

Why Invest in a Website?

Websites are now the “front door” for congregations, and having a web presence is no longer optional. Visitors often search for a new church home using the internet. Investing the right resources in a website can help your congregation draw in new visitors and better interact with...

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What makes for a good congregational website? Of course, “good” may be in the eye of the user. Yet, there are some commonly accepted standards. This blog from Illinois-based ReFrame Media provides...

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Public relations professional Lauren Hunter is the founder of Church Tech Today, an online resource concerned with congregational use of technology as a communications tool. Hunter says Church Tech...

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The Transforming Church Insight (TCI) assessment tool has been a helpful learning tool for many different kinds of congregations. The tool has proven helpful because it focuses on topics often not...

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The Church Assessment Tool (CAT), created by {{Holy Cow Consulting | www.holycowconsulting.com}}, helps those seeking accurate data in preparation for one or more of the following: pastoral search,...

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It’s been said that the website is the congregation’s new front door. A current, user-friendly website is a must for a congregation. The website needs to make a great first impression and function...

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Mark Stephenson, known nationally as the “Church Cyber-guy,” has been a volunteer leader since 1997 at Ginghamsburg UMC where he developed a website that hosts more than 50,000 visitors per month...

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As a church communications specialist, Yvon Prehn says her objective is to assist congregations that are seeking to “fulfill the Great Commission.” Prehn’s Effective Church Communications (ECC)...

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We now know that people first get to know your congregation through your website. We also know that there is an abundance of web development resources. The quality of these resources vary greatly....

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Lynne Baab’s overriding desires are that congregations become clear about who they are and what they believe - their values, principles, mission, and goals - and that congregations accurately...

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UMI publishes African American resources for a wide range of African American denominations and congregations. There are curricula and other resources for all ages. Children’s resources include...

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the Catholic Church hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who help unify, coordinate, encourage,...

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Teachers and ministry leaders will find free tips, tools and articles on a variety of topics, including leadership, volunteers, and administration. Children’s Ministry magazine’s e-version can be...

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This website contains abundant information culled from the Pew Forum’s work on the U.S. Religious Landscape. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 adults, this research specifies the religious...

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Demographic information for congregations is readily available, sometimes free and sometimes for a price. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is the best free website of religious...

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Sometimes, information and conversation about religion in America shows up in unlikely places. Such an unlikely place is the blogosphere represented by The Huffington Post. An entire section of...

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Have you found yourself in a conversation about something regarding religion and the news and been off balance because you didn’t know enough of the story? When online news blurbs and USA Today...

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Stephen Prothero is an author and professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University. His website is a good introduction to this book and other material he has produced. The site...

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This resource is the website associated with “On Being”, a weekly radio show hosted by Krista Tippett, a graduate of Yale Divinity School. The website represents the broadcast with blogs and posts...

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Working Preacher is a website from Luther Seminary. The website is focused on preaching. Because the emphasis is on resources for the pastor who preaches in a local congregation, it is practical,...

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This website is a key online resource for clergy that follow the lectionary. It is particularly formed for an African American audience. It is a collaborative project of The African American...

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